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Getting the right phone
Phone advice | by Denise Timmis | Feb 18, 2022
From the latest iPhone to a simplistic Alcatel, until you know the answers to some of the questions below, making an informed decision on what mobile phone to get is bound to be a struggle. Be sure to get your priorities in order before making a purchase so you can get your hands on the perfect phone for you.
Which operating system do I need?
The operating system, or OS, is the software your phone runs on. While there aren’t a huge number of differences between them, they do offer certain benefits to you as the user.
The three main ones are Android, iOS from Apple, and Windows.
iOS is known for being slick and simple. It’s easy to use, and is constantly being updated to let you access the latest features. It’s very popular, modern, and you’ll find it across all Apple devices, which provides great continuity across your iPad, MacBook and iPhone if you’re an existing Apple user.
Android OS is another really popular option. One thing that Android does provide users with is more opportunity to customise their smartphones. You can alter the layout and order of your phone to however best suits you. Android OS is regularly updated, and works particularly well if you’re a fan of the Google Suite.
Windows is a third option that’s ideal if you’re using your phone for business. You can easily access key documents thanks to the access to the Microsoft Office Suite, as well as connect your phone to your laptop that uses the same software.
If you’re struggling to choose, to put it simply, if you use a lot of Google apps, go for Android, if you like Microsoft Office, go for Windows, and if you’re already an Apple fan, go for iOS. Whichever option you choose, you’ll benefit from a responsive, up-to-date OS on your next smartphone.
Do I need a fancy camera?
Unless you're thinking of becoming a social media sensation or need your images blowing-up to an extravagant size, having a high-tech camera on your smartphone might not be as necessary as you first thought.
If your camera uses are generally nothing more than the occasional selfie or holiday snap, there's no need to invest in anything above 12MP. As long as there's a flash, self-timer and decent sensor built into the device, it's good for everyday use.
For those looking for top quality images however, the best mobile phones would be those featuring ultra HD, 4K video and image stabilisation. Phones such as the Sony Xperia XZ Premium and Samsung Galaxy S8 are just two great examples that suit these needs.
What are the best phones for gamers?
To ensure your gaming experience is both top notch and uninterrupted, you'll need features such as high-speed processors, a HD display and plenty of RAM. Without these, games may become slow and potentially unplayable so be sure to invest in one of the top mobile options below if you're passionate about gaming on your handset:
- Galaxy S9: boasting a Snapdragon 845 processor and 4GB of RAM, there are few phones capable of competing with this Samsung handset when it comes to gaming quality.
- Sony Xperia XZ2: for those looking for the complete gaming experience, the Sony Xperia XZ2 is a great option. Not only will you get breath-taking visuals, but it's dual front-facing speakers offer a stereo-like performance to help fully immerse you into the game.
- Google Pixel 2: if you often take longer journeys and need a battery life you can rely on, look no further. The Google Pixel 2 lasts an impressive seven hours on just a 15-minute charge. Not to mention its turbocharged Snapdragon processor which gets your games up and running in no time.
What are the best phones for business people?
If you require a phone that's a little more suited to your busy, business lifestyle, there are several features to look out for.
As we mentioned earlier, a Windows phone, such as the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL, is compatible with Microsoft Office, making it easy for you to keep on top of any spreadsheets, word docs or presentations while on the commute, or in between meetings.
Outside the range of Windows phones, great options include the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus and the Blackberry Classic - all of which are capable of lasting over 15 hours with just one charge.
Once you've chosen the perfect phone for you and your needs, head to Envirofone to pick up the handset of your dreams at a price that won't break the bank. What's more, we'll even buy your old handset off you – which could give a nice little financial boost for that shiny new handset.
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